Jat unrest: Army called in, curfew imposed in Rohtak, Bhiwani

Chandigarh: With violent protests by the Jat community demanding reservation under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) disrupting normal life in Haryana, the government has rushed Army to nine location in the state, including Rohtak, Jind, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Hissar, Kaithal, Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal.

The Army, which will help the district administration to contain the situation, has already left their bases in Jaipur and Hissar.

The Haryana Government has asked senior IAS officer A.K Singh and IPS officer B.S. Sandhu to coordinate between the army and the police.

Meanwhile, curfew has been imposed in Rohtak and Bhiwani to prevent occurrence of untoward incident.

The strike, into the sixth day today, has crippled road and rail traffic across the state and shut down educational institutions in many places.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier in the day appealed to agitators to maintain law and order and a peaceful atmosphere in the state while chairing an all party meet to discuss the ongoing Jats reservation strike in Jhajjar and Rohtak.

The pro-reservation protests by Jats in Haryana had turned violent on Thursday, with several people being injured and reports of clashes between protesters and police personnel in Rohtak.

The state government ordered the district administration to block the use of mobile internet services in Jhajjar and Rohtak in the wake of the agitation. (ANI)